Young City Poets

Barbican - Young Writers Poetry

Young City Poets gives pupils the opportunity to visit famous cultural venues in their city, using the visits to inspire poetry. 

Secondary school boy writing - small

About the programme

Through a visit to an iconic London venue, including the Tower of London, the Barbican and the Monument, Young City Poets helps to inspire pupils to write poetry of their own.  We are currently working with 35 schools and seven cultural venues across London.

Following the visit to a cultural venue, schools taking part in the project receive a workshop with a poet or spoken word artist, to help the pupils shape and develop their poems.  Teachers taking part in the project reported improvements in their pupils' attitudes to writing and attainment.

We're looking for new schools to take part - fill out our expression of interest form to be considered.

Free resource

Picture the Poet was a poetry programme we ran with the National Portrait Gallery and poetry organisation, Apples and Snakes. This teaching resource pack offers a wide range of standalone poetry activities for the classroom.

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Barbican workshop - Young Writers: Poetry

Evaluations

Read evaluation reports for our poetry programmes.